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Gainesville, FL 32608

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Early registration is now open! Sign up by October 26th for a free t-shirt!

Join Pets and Patriots Foundation for the First Annual Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk presented by Reliable Painting and Lawful Defense on Sunday, November 12th from 1PM til 4PM.

By joining the Pup Ruck, you are helping Pets and Patriots Foundation fulfill its mission to serve and support the veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) living in North Central Florida by providing qualified dogs and/or service dog training to them and their dog - thereby improving the quality of life for the veteran and family. Through your participation and generous fundraising efforts, Pets and Patriots Foundation is able to provide specially trained service dogs to veterans battling PTSD. With your help, we can continue to provide this much needed treatment option to veterans, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.

The Pup Ruck is open to all skill levels and families. You are encouraged to compete with a rucksack to show support of veterans battling PTSD. (A rucksack is a military-style backpack, usually weighing around 50 pounds, used in military operations.) If you don't have a rucksack, please bring your dog and compete with your best buddy. The 5K race is a run/walk at your pace in Gainesville, Florida.

Show your patriotism by competing in the Most Patriotic Contest for individuals, for families, and for dog/owner! Racers with rucksacks or dogs can compete for Fastest Time! Dogs can show off in the Biggest Dog and Smallest Dog contests! All contests are sponsored by local businesses that have generously contributed gift cards for prizes. All participicants are encouraged to check out the many great prizes in the chance drawing, each generously donated by local businesses!

Thank you to each of our sponsors for contributing so generously to make this event a success!

Presenting Sponsors: Reliable Painting and Lawful Defense THANK YOU for your generous support!

Contributing Sponsor: Alter Ego Fitness THANK YOU for your generous support!

Racing Bib Sponsor: Claudia's Paws and Claws Grooming Salon THANK YOU for your support!

Patriot Level Sponsor: Carson's Cabinetry and Design THANK YOU for your support!

Liberty Level Sponsors: Southern Style Plastering, Barry Bullard Homes, Ference Insurance THANK YOU!

Racer Refreshment Station Sponsors: Gunworks LLC and Gainesville Canine Academy THANK YOU!

Dog Water Station Sponsor: Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes THANK YOU!

Thank you to Blu Dove Designs for developing this event and all materials to help provide specialized service dogs to veterans with PTSD. We greatly appreciate all of our business and community partners!


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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is a family friendly event for all ages.


Can I bring my dog?

Yes, please do! As this is a fundraiser, there is a $5 registration fee for your pup. Please make sure your dog is on leash and is dog / people friendly. The dogs will have refreshments too!


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact petsandpatriotsfoundation@gmail.com

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